Our Graduate Programme

Share our passion for keeping the energy flowing and play a vital role in shaping the future of the UK’s largest gas network. As one of our Graduate Trainees, you’ll have an impact on our business from day one as you navigate your way through a wide range of placement opportunities across our business, experiencing both an operational and a commercial environment.
Our placements will professionally and personally challenge you and help you to build the skills and experience you need to emerge at the top of your profession. You’ll experience a variety of comprehensive and challenging training modules, ranging from hands on technical training to personal development/soft skills training.
And, you’ll be supported every step of the way by our dedicated New Talent Team, managers and colleagues. At the end of the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to move into a full-time role within our business. From here, there’ll be no limit to how far you can develop and progress your career.

You can join our Graduate Programme on one of two potential streams:


Throughout your 25-month programme, you’ll navigate through four, six-month placements which have been carefully tailored to support you in achieving your potential as an engineer of the future.

Our Graduate Programme is Accredited by IGEM. We offer mentorship through to Professional Registration, which you’ll start whilst on the programme. You’ll be supported and encouraged through your journey of professional development, with opportunities to develop the Engineering Councils UK SPEC competencies.

Engineering Graduate opportunities
Our Engineering Graduate opportunities are available across various teams within our engineering functions such as: Operations, Safety & Assurance, Investment Planning Office, Safety and Network Strategy Teams. 

Depending on team, vacancies are based across all our regions.

We're currently closed for applications. However, keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page as we'll provide updates when we open for the next round of applications.


Throughout your 19-month programme, you’ll navigate through three, six-month placements, which will provide a wide range of experience across our business and help you develop into a leader of the future.

Business Graduate opportunities
Our Business Graduate opportunities are available across various teams within our business functions such as: Operations, Network Support, Investment Planning Office, Customer Centre, Regulation, Human Resources and our Cadent Foundation Team.
Depending on team, vacancies are based across all our regions.

We're currently closed for applications. However, keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page as we'll provide updates when we open for the next round of applications.

Training and Qualifications

You’ll gain exposure to some of the best training and qualifications around. Our training package focuses on developing your skills in three key areas:

  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Technical training

You’ll learn in a dedicated training environment, perfectly suited to graduates fresh from university. Our training environment is of the highest quality and you’ll be paid while you train. As an engineer, part of your professional development will be starting the route to professional status (Incorporated or Chartered).
To support you we will assign you a mentor, cover application and membership costs, and provide placements that give you the opportunities you need to showcase engineering competencies. IGEM agree that we provide our graduates with the highest level of support they need to develop and have Accredited our graduate programme!

Our teams

Depending on your degree and location preferences, vacancies are available within the following teams. 
 Customer   Centre  We’re one of the largest areas of the business. As a result, we offer a variety of careers, focused on delivering great outcomes for   customers, through daily contact and process improvement. Our teams include:
  • Customer Centre
  • Process teams
  • Risk, Assurance and Engagement team
  • Strategic Change team
  • Separation and Performance Reporting & Management Information (PRMI) teams
  • Connections

 We work together to make sure our customers’ experience is second to none. We deal with direct customer enquiries as part of our   Customer Centre and Connections team. From our 24/7 emergency call handling service, to our Process and Strategic Change teams,   we always want to do whatever we can to ensure the best outcomes for our customers.
 Regulation  We’re involved with everything that Cadent does. We influence external stakeholders and help to drive industry-wide change to the   gas and energy markets. Providing a bridge between short-term day-to-day tactical business activities, and the longer term   destination that Cadent is travelling towards, what we do is high-level, purposeful and very important.
 Curiosity is vital. We need to understand what our customers want from us and what our strategy is in order to deliver value - one year,   ten years and 30 years from now. Only by understanding this can we set the regulatory framework we operate in and the future outputs   we’ll deliver.
 We’re at the heart of driving change. We gather insight to support a challenging and innovative business plan. We manage industry   contracts with 50 gas shippers, engage with 19 stakeholder groups, and set strategy for the RIIO-2 Price Control, worth £10 billion.   Dynamic problem solvers skilled in regulation, economics, finance, commerce or stakeholder engagement will thrive here.
 Cadent   Foundation  We are a grant-making foundation that seeks to fund charitable projects that support:
  • People – alleviating suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations
  • Environment – protecting and preserving the environment
  • Communities – providing a better and healthier community to live in
  • Research and Innovation (R&I) – eliminating harmful emissions and supporting sustainable energy

 The Cadent Foundation has been established to make a positive lasting difference to local communities and the wider society within   Cadent’s network. In July 2019, the Cadent Board committed 1.25% of post-tax profits for five years to a community fund. In   September 2019 the Cadent Foundation was established and it now receives £5-7 million per year from Cadent to fund charitable   causes and projects.

 Over the next five years we will be awarding £20+ million worth of grants to charities and community groups to support projects that   make a real difference.
 Human   Resources  We add real value to Cadent, partnering with teams across the business to take on and meet the exciting challenges that Cadent   faces, now and in the future. By developing key stakeholder relationships, we achieve insights into how best to improve our   performance as a HR team – and how to support the business to drive through change and a high performance culture.
 We’re creating an environment where excellence is the norm, removing blockers that stop change and ensuring a clear focus on   continuous improvement. And we're using technology to work smarter, and data, analytics and insight to inform our decision making.
 We're a collaborative team who set each other up for success, and together we’re setting the agenda for people in our business to   build something great. From Payroll and Learning and Development to Resource and Talent Management, you’ll succeed here if you   share our energy, passion and commitment to changing things for the better.
 Safety &   Network   Strategy  We’re central to the future of the gas network. We drive the changes that will enable innovative, low carbon energy solutions such as   hydrogen to be transported through the network. We set safety and engineering policy. We develop investment, operation and future   strategies. And, we ensure all day-to-day operations conform to legislative requirements.
 We’re professional engineers. Problem solvers. Deep thinkers. We’re people with a wealth of legislative and technical understanding,   which we use to focus on:
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Security
  • Engineering Services
  • Gas Supply
  • Asset Strategy and Investment
  • Future of Gas
  • Data and Performance  

 If you’ve experience gained in Asset Management, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Data Management and Analytics, Process   Control, Assurance and Audit or Project Management, join us. Working on 30,000 operations on the live gas network, you’ll enjoy a   high-quality career, investment and plenty of opportunity to progress.
 Customer   Operations  We're committed to keeping our customers safe and warm. One element of that is looking after the pipes that bring gas to 11 million   homes and businesses throughout the North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, South Yorkshire, East of England and North London.

 This means we maintain, repair and replace 82,000 miles of gas pipes, connect new homes and renewable gas supplies to our network   and work with local businesses to expand and develop our network.

 Our Customer Operations processes include:
  • Operate and Maintain (O&M) – Ensures our network is reliable and gas flows safely
  • Emergency Response and Repair (ER&R) – Responds to gas leaks, including carbon monoxide
  • Replace and Extend (R&E) – Replaces older iron mains with polyethylene pipes and connects new gas customers and renewable gas supplies.


  • 25 days’ holiday (pro-rata)
  • ​Flexible Benefits scheme
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Pension scheme
  • Higher cost living allowance
  • Support with professional development


Our application process

If you want to apply for the Graduate Programme, you'll follow a simple, four step process to determine whether we're a good fit for each other:

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